Where Are You?

Guest Post by Walter Shaffer & David Dingess

Why God? Why? It’s a question we often ask Him. Why did I lose my job? Why does my mom have Alzheimer’s? Why is my friend having to deal with this sickness? Why did you allow COVID into the world? Why do bad things happen to good people? Why is there so much suffering in the world? These are some of the questions that I have asked God. I’m sure you have similar questions that you have asked Him. Why?

Think about a time when you asked someone a question and they just wouldn’t give you a straight answer. I’m sure you felt frustrated. This is how the Lord must feel about us. We have all these questions for God, but do we ever respond to the questions that He has asked us? Maybe the reason He doesn’t answer us is because we haven’t bothered to answer Him. He has been asking questions since before we existed. And His questions demand an answer.

Brace yourself; I will question you, and you shall answer me. Job 38:3 NIV 

God asks a multitude of questions throughout scripture. Hundreds of them in fact. As we can see from this passage in the book of Job, when God asks a question, He expects an answer. But when He asks, He already knows the answer. Nothing is hidden from His view. So why does He ask in the first place?

He asks so that we will take ownership of our answer. His questions are for our benefit, not His. But answering God’s questions can be an uncomfortable experience. His questions force us to look at ourselves the way He sees us, rather than the way we see ourselves. When God comes to question us, we need to be ready, to be strengthened and to be equipped. God doesn’t toss softball questions. His questions reveal things about us that we would rather keep locked away.

God has been asking questions for thousands of years. Most of us would rather ignore His questions because they make us take a hard look at ourselves. But if we want to grow in our walk with the Lord, we must answer them. All of God’s questions are important. But some have a greater impact on our personal and spiritual growth than others.

Here are just a few of God’s Questions:

  • Where Are You? – Genesis 3:9
  • What Are You Doing Here? – 1 Kings 19:9
  • Why Do You Spend on What Does Not Satisfy? Isaiah 55:2
  • Where Is My Honor? – Malachi 1:6
  • What Are You Seeking? – John 1:38
  • Do You Believe This? – John 11:16
  • Why Are You Troubled? – Luke 24:39

Remember, the Lord already knows the answer to all these questions.

It is up to us to contemplate why He asked them. There is much that we learn when we answer God’s question. His queries not only reveal who we are. If we are brave enough to be laid bare before the Lord and answer His questions, we will have the added benefit of gaining a better understanding of His nature and who He is. We will also get a better grasp of who we are in Him. And in one of those mysteries of God, if we will spend time considering and answering His question, many of our questions about Him will be answered.

Keep in mind, the root word of the word question is ‘quest’.

A quest is defined as a long arduous search for something. No one said being questioned by God would be easy. Are you prepared for the quest? God’s questions are as relevant today as when He first asked them. They are relevant for us as followers of Christ for spiritual growth. And they are relevant to the world at large because answering them will lead to an awareness of sin and the need for the divine. Are you ready?

Note from Bob:  In today’s post Walter and David have shared  just seen six of the twenty-two questions included in “Where Are You?” – You will want to explore all twenty-two questions in their terrific book.   Click HERE to purchase “Where Are You?” today! 

Walter Shaffer & David Dingess

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Walter Shaffer is on staff with Cru as the Director of the Global Leading with Information department. He and his wife Linda served in East Asia for 19 years focusing on reaching and disciplining adults in cities. Walter also leads a Sunday morning Bible study class at his church with the desire of seeing God change people’s lives.
David Dingess teaches an adult Bible study class with Walter with the focus of having people understand who God really is, not who we would like Him to be. This is David’s first book, The Child of God, was published in 2020.

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